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36 million people are on food stamps, Black Friday sales are up, and pious, self-righteous indignation from every angle wants to either burn, shame, or starve the suffering. The operative word there being: suffering. And where there’s smoke (the discourse online) there’s fire (everywhere else). The danger in this isn’t that people are starving, or that people might be stealing from the community chest, or that the people who’re well on their way to going hungry are lighting sparks under the Hindenburg of their personal finances by lining up at Best Buy earlier than they’ve ever arrived to work, though, that’s all fairly disturbing. No: the real American Tragedy here’s that people are castigating and savoring the suffering of others, without discretion or discrimination. It ends in either a whimper or a bang; until then, there’s a lot of very loud, angry noise drowning out anything remotely resembling the sound of progress.

via gawker. i don’t think i need to comment on the disturbing fact that many people in this country seem to think dickensian-era policies and laws re: the poor were a good thing.

ok, so like two weeks ago i remembered seeing this cartoon, and it seemed essential to some point i was trying to make, and i looked everywhere and i couldn’t find it, and then today i saw a link to it on AMERICAblog, which was the one place i hadn’t scoured.

so, naturally, i have no idea what point i wanted to make. but i love the cartoon, and i wanted to archive it here, should i ever recall what i wanted to say.

Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist – Iraq | War | Map – FOXNews.com.

Fox seems to have omitted the words covering, up, black, eye, administered, in, process, and of from their headline here. Is it ideal for SEALs to face punishment for punching a terrorist in the process of capturing him? No, but then it isn’t ideal for them to lie to their superiors either and of the three charges listed only one of them has to do with the punch. You know what’s coming right?

Much gnashing of teeth and KSM-gets-a-civilian-trial based snark from the usual suspects, who apparently exist in some alternate universe where Obama is not only bringing these guys up on charges personally but presiding over the court martial as well. I just don’t see the connection, but the rightwing blogger nutballs are babbling about it so I’m sure the traditional media will be along to tell us why this is bad for Obama and how it affects Sarah Palin’s 2012 election prospect shortly. I mean, I’m sure it’s dreadfully unserious to bring up the topic of who was president when a bunch of shit went down that might’ve made the military a bit sensitive to detainee-abuse issues.

It takes a special someone to lose one race twice.

The Conservative Party candidate is conceding the race for New York's 23rd District for the second time, saying he doesn't have enough votes.

Doug Hoffman had withdrawn his first concession to Democratic Rep. Bill Owens, saying the race was close enough that absentee ballots could change the outcome in the closely watched New York Congressional race.

Now, Hoffman said he has no hope of winning.

via Hoffman Re-Concedes NY House Race – Politics News Story – WPTZ Plattsburgh.